Thank you for yet another year of successfully conducting the competition. Our team has been taking part in this competition for last three years and its amazing that each year the experience has been better than the previous year.
My team really appreciates the opportunity given to us to learn not just science and related topics but also work in a team, time management, and to learn from our mistakes.
We really appreciate all the time and effort put in organizing the event, making sure everything runs smoothly, and all the after event effort to wind up.
We also appreciate the time and effort spent by judges and parent volunteers.
All the participants in my team are from 6th grade and so it is Au Revoir.
All the best to Vidya and other high school volunteers in their future endeavors.
Thanks for the wonderful opportunity you have created for all our kids for last 9 years.
It was a wonderful experience for all of us (Kids, myself as a Coach and all the parents in our team) to participate First time in Science Olympiad.
On the day of the event, the kids were very focused and enjoyed doing the events. All the events were very well coordinated and organized and the judging was meticulous. I deeply appreciate and thank all of the High School students who volunteered in the event. Without you guys, this is not possible at all. Vidya/Raji (the organizer) who trained all of the volunteers for the event did a terrific Job.
Science Jeopardy Final round was amazing. Kids did really good.
Please continue doing this.
At the end, our team was very happy and it turned out to be a truly rewarding experience for all of us. I believe this will be a life changing event for these elementary school kids who are taking up the next challenge by graduating into Middle school.
It definitely taught each of our kid how to
- be flexible with others in the team
- team work and accept new ideas from others
- learning new topics
- Making new friends and having fun while learning
Thanks again for providing such a wonderful tournament
Sujatha (Rolling Boulders)
Thank you for taking the time and effort to organize this event. It is much appreciated. There are a lot of positives and benefits for kids as well as their parents. I am grateful for those aspects. I will limit my comments to the aspects that did not go so well in the spirit of making this event better in the coming years.
1. Aerodynamics - kids tell me that they got only 10 minutes instead of 20 minutes that was described in the rules. Also, both kids did not get practice flights before the actual attempts that counted. This too was counter to what was described in the rules. The nose of the paper planes was to be marked according to pre-contest update. That did not happen either. In summary, what they were asked to do and what happened on the day of the contest did not jive. This needs to be addressed. While certain aspects may not function well (e.g. events running late), they can be tolerated. However, the actual contest needs to be executed as stated in the rules.
2. Check-in process could have been more organized. Long lines without clarity on the purpose for each queue was problematic. The weighing machine for Energy Box was too small and had trouble balancing the submissions. Submission process was too long.
3. More rooms could have been assigned for the different events. The crowd by the entrance of the Science Lab wherein participants and parents for 3 separate events made it noisy and confusing.
4. Communication via bullhorns was ineffective. Similar troubles persisted later in the day. Microphones were failing.
5. The "Coaches Jeopardy", key to the organizers, took way too long to setup and execute. It was not a kid-centric event and could have been easily skipped in the interest of time.
We welcome constructive comments and feedback from participants of the 9th Bay Area Elementary Science Olympiad that was conducted on May 21, 2016 in Fremont, CA.